- Habitat loss and degradation
- Introduction of exotic predators
Frog Docent Role
Volunteer docents are asked to commit to three four-hour shifts between February and June. No previous experience or special knowledge is required. Frog docents must be at least 18 years old and capable of strenuous hiking.
Becoming a frog docent is a great way to get outdoors, have an extraordinary volunteer experience, and contribute to public understanding and protection of this native species. Yearly training is offered in early spring.
2016 Season Summary
This spring 13 docents (5 new and 8 returning) spent a total of 226.5 hours volunteering at the falls. Out of 56 possible weekend shifts, 63% were covered. During this time, docents observed 1,636 visitors and over 150 dogs. Over the 12-week timeframe, docents were able to share information on the FYLF with 1,393 of the 1,636 visitors they encountered.
Over the years, the Frog Docent Program has enjoyed great success. The Frog Docent Program began in 2005. In the past twelve seasons docents have volunteered over 2,500 hours at the falls. Through their efforts, 6,156 hikers have been informed about the vulnerability of frogs and their habitat at Little Carson Falls.
We owe a great deal of thanks to our passionate and dedicated volunteers, past and present. Without them, the welfare of the frogs and their habitat would be in great jeopardy and many visitors would have come to enjoy the falls, but not known that they could have been harming this critical and sensitive habitat.
We are immensely appreciative of our 2016 docents: Maria Melendez-Martinez, Cindi Darling, Peter Suri, Frederic Leist, Sari Kwan, Janet Bodle, Lorri Gong, Lindsey Going, Jim Garlock, Rich Cimino, Harold Hirsch, Rob Ruiz, Bill Bain, James Fair, and our youngest docent in history, Ethan Fair. Thanks to all of you for your time and support!
View the full report prepared by AmeriCorps Watershed Steward Elizabeth Ruiz: Frog Docent Season Summary 2016.